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On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (202 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: Manfrotto Pixi mini - my top pick for super lite, pocket-able mini tripod.

I use it for shooting night sky during hiking and travel. Max load is D810+1424, normal load is something like A7 + a midsize lens. The D810 combo can sit pretty stable when positioned properly. A7 is easy to handle for Pixi.

I have tried many options in my quest to find the best performance to bulk / weight ratio.

The ones I can remember:

- JOBY DSLR (name? not sure) RUBBBBISH
It is heavy for its size and has a tendency to slowly change shape when loaded. The ball head (I think it's X2, bigger than the X DP reviewed)is OK enough that I kept it for using on my other self-mod carbon tripod.

- an OEM plant product seems like the ProMaster here.
Legs are fine. Center column is total waste. Need to watch out for the quick release clamp. My sample had some issue and cannot hold the plate very firm. Finally returned.

I might search and try the FLM. But the leg fixing seems quite some fussing in the field.

I like my Manfroto Pixi too. It can be slipped into a coat pocket. But then again, I use a Leica M240 so it's very manageable.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
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TurkishTed: Well now that Yosemite has arrived has anyone downloaded it and looked at the features in the desktop version of photos?

It seems odd and unlikely that Apple would abandon a whole legion of supporters. Remember, much of the graphics and media industry have used Macs for years.

You have to applaud Adobe for their initiative but I am not going to make a hasty decision.

I have just installed Yosemite. My Aperture and iPhoto are still there on the tray. No worries.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
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Markintosh: Greedy Adobe made it available for CC subscribers only:))) What a stupid move — instead try to invite iPhoto/Aperture users to new platform they trying to push for more. I didn't want to go this way at first and now I will look for alternative if next week will be too amateur.

Yes, I am sure whatever is in Aperture would also be in Photo. I am also waiting to find out.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 14:02 UTC
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everett464: If Adobe would offer an "upgrade" price on a standalone Lightroom, for existing Aperture users, I would be a LR user the next day.

As it is - at $180 for Lightroom - I am going to continue using my easy, powerful, and - most importantly - payed-for Aperture program.

I also prefer Aperture. Lightroom is too complcated for me. Good to know there is someone out there who feels the same.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
On article Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan (613 comments in total)
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Donnie G: No surprises here. Canon is wisely selling the camera in Japan and Asia only, since those are the only places where mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have had any kind of sales success. Unlike the competition, Canon doesn't have to bet the company's future on a camera form factor that has only proven to be commercially successful when they were sold by the millions as small, pocketable and cheap fixed lens P&S. Smartphones own that ground now, and so far, the idea of adding a larger sensor and interchangeable lenses to that point and shoot form factor hasn't paid off for any camera company. If the EOS M cameras ever turn a significant profit for the company, then there will be incentive for further development of that system. Until then, it just makes sense to stick with what works for the overwhelming majority of camera buyers on the planet, and that's Canon's highly profitable line of DSLRs. Business 101. :)

Actually, in Asia they are going for enormous DSLR cameras even if only to take snapshots. In Seoul, I have seen young girls with Canon DSLR taking street photos with Canon whilte "L" lenses, and those streets are quite narrow. You stand a good chance of getting hit by a 200 mm lens. New found prosperity but without the history.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 16:27 UTC
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)

Lenspen and LED flashlight, one camera and two kenses, SD cards, spare battery in a Lowepro Event Messenger 100 and I am good to go.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 16:21 UTC as 23rd comment
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nathantw: The camera might be built to last a lifetime, but the sensor will be obsolete and unwanted in just a few years unlike the MP and 7 (and earlier models) that will keep their owners happy (and not continually upgrading) as long as film is still available.

So long as it keeps working and gets me the pictures I want, won't be obsolete to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 07:39 UTC
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BrotherLouie: I bet Sony execs are now biting their elbows for holding back on a full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

Making televisions and mobile phones are fine, but can't take their cameras very seriously.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 07:37 UTC
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DonTom: HA! Can't wait to plug my Olympus VF-2 into a Leica M.....

Would it work ? Like the higher megapixels.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 07:32 UTC
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montygm: Don't know about everyone else but I wish Canon would make an SLR camera with
the F-stop changeable on the lenses like in the " good old days " prior to the digital era. I still hugely miss that in a digital SLR, found it so much quicker to change the f-stop when it was on the barrel as opposed to pushing a switch and ergonomically it felt better for support. I like the look of this Leica. Price however is never cheap with this brand.

Right on !

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 07:29 UTC
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JacquesBalthazar: I just wish they had been able to retain the dimensions of the M3,2,4, 6 or MP. They already added some fat on the M7, back when. Then much more fat on M8-9. I had the M8 and M9, and still have a M6. It is only millimeters and grams here and there, but there is a world between the handling of a M6 and the handling of the M9. I grew to hate the M9, partly for that reason: it tried to look like my lean and mean M6, but handled like a brik. The new M is even thicker and even heavier than the M9. Still disguised as a Leica M, but is a whole different beast. Bloated. I wish them well but this one makes me sad.

As someone who started with range finders in the good old days, the M is the original and poses no problem for me. This camera will also shaved off one pound in weight compared to my D300 with the 24mm lens. Good that they have finally reached a reasonable level of sophistication but without all the confusing and unnecessary bells and whistles of a Canon or Nikon that distracts. I will be coming home with this camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 07:25 UTC
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